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Best friends Max (Isabelle Fuhrman) and Ellie (Liana Liberato) decide to leave their rural hometown on an adventurous, cross-country road trip to meet former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Sneaking away in a bright blue convertible belonging to Ellie’s dad (Luke Wilson), they set out with the wind in their hair and the radio turned up. While trying to stay a step ahead of Ellie’s father and the police, the girls cross paths with an eclectic mix of people which truly make this an entertaining, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Also stars, Jessica Alba, Josh Lucas, Ione Skye, Joel Courtney and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
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Common Sense Says
Fun teen road trip adventure has smoking, swearing.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dear Eleanor is a period comedy with a serious heart in which two teen best friends set out in to find ex-First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The death of a beloved parent is the impetus for the girls' outrageous odyssey, sending them from California to New York. Their adventure introduces them to a bizarre assortment of unexpected people and improbable situations. Actual events of 1962, including the death of Marilyn Monroe and the Cuban Missile Crisis, affect the story. And many of the characters smoke (teens, too); marijuana is mentioned, as well. There are a few suspenseful moments, with no serious consequences (i.e., the girls come face-to-face with a wanted criminal; they're confronted and taken into custody by local police). A "dancer" wears skimpy clothing and has some sexy moves. Infrequent swearing includes "s--t," "up her butt," "hell," and "kiss my ass." The film deals delicately with a young girl's grief, her groundless guilt, and the challenges of trying to take her mom's place in a difficult household. The girls make mistakes, but they learn a lot about themselves and the world around them. Recommended for mature tweens and teens.
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:June 6, 2016
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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